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Fort Frederick the site of 18th-Century Market Fair

April 19, 2006

The Maryland Park Service and the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park will host the 12th Annual 18th-Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park from April 27 to 30.

Admission costs $4 per person; ages 6 and younger are admitted free.

Times for the Market Fair are:

  • Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Visitors to Fort Frederick State Park will meet more than 150 artisans, craftspeople and vendors who sell reproductions of 18th-century items, including furniture, clothing, guns, powder horns and hunting bags. Most of the goods for sale are handmade by the vendors, and many of them will demonstrate their crafts.

To give this event the flair of an 18th-century fair, there will be magic shows, puppet shows, music and balancing acts that were popular diversions of the time. There also will be an encampment of 18th-century re-enactors who will conduct live-firing demonstrations of period weapons, as well as demonstrations of 18th-century life in the fort in a 1730-1790 encampment.

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Fort Frederick State Park is 18 miles west of Hagerstown and one mile south of Interstate 70 near Big Pool.

For more information about the event, call 301-842-2155 or go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/fortfrederick.html.

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